If you are planning on doing some decorating, chances are that you’ll need to remove and refit a radiator. Many radiators can be quite heavy, so even if you think you’ll be able to manage by yourself we recommend getting someone to help you. Watch the video guide or follow the simple step-by-step process for full instructions on how to remove a radiator for decorating.
Removing your radiator prior to decorating will allow you to achieve both a flawless and professional finish to your newly decorated room. It is also a good opportunity for you to further insulate your home by installing a radiator insulation kit that could help to save up-to 30% of the heat that would otherwise disappear through the wall.
BestHeating recommends that you always have someone to help you to remove a radiator.
To safely remove your radiator from the wall, you will need the following tools:
- An adjustable spanner
- A pair of grips
- 2 towels
- A washing up bowl
- A radiator key
Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll have a freshly decorated wall in no time.
Once the valves have been switched off, place a couple of towels or the washing up bowl underneath them before removing your radiator from the wall, this will catch the water from your radiator safely and avoid any nasty stains on the floor.
If you have a pressurised heating system, you will need to slightly open the filling loop to top up the system pressure whilst you re-fill the radiator.
Here’s a handy little video that explains that process in a little more detail.
Check the water pressure gauge on the boiler and follow the user instructions for your specific boiler to top up the pressure. In an open-vented system, water will automatically be replaced into the radiator when the valves are re-opened.
And there you have it, now you have all the tools you require to know how to remove a radiator for decorating or to replace it with a new one. Good luck and remember – if all else fails you can always contact the professionals.
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